The Heart Has Its Reasons

  • by Maria Duenas
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell
  • 14 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Declared “a writer to watch” (Publishers Weekly), New York Times best-selling author María Dueñas pours heart and soul into this story of a woman who discovers the power of second chances.
With her debut novel The Time in Between, María Dueñas garnered outstanding acclaim and inspired a TV series, dubbed the “Spanish Downton Abbey” by the media. USA TODAY said of the book: “From a terrific opening line to the final page, chapters zip by at a pulsing pace.” Now Dueñas returns with a novel about a heartbroken woman’s attempt to pick up the pieces of her shattered world.
Blanca Perea is a college professor in Madrid who seems to have it all. But her perfect career and marriage start to unravel when her husband of 20 years suddenly leaves her for another woman. Devastated, Blanca is forced to question the life she once had and how well she truly knows herself. She leaves Madrid for San Francisco, where she becomes entrenched in the history of an enigmatic Spanish writer who died decades earlier. The more Blanca discovers about this man, the more she is enthralled by the ill-fated loves, half truths, and silent ambitions that haunted his life.
With lush, imaginative prose and unforgettable characters, The Heart Has Its Reasons is a journey of the soul that takes listeners from Spain to California, between the thorny past and all-too-real present. It is a story about the thrill of creating one’s life anew.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Fantastic....as always with Maria's novels!

The novel is fascinating, very well detailed and engaging! I could not put it down! Daily life, work, love, separation, death, grief and maturity orchestrated in a very well detailed story!

I wish audible books had the original version in Spanish!
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- Laura Cruz y Celis

Needs a good editor

The theme has potential and the characters are sympathetic but the narrative is weighed down with irrelevant details and lacks passion. The metaphor are obvious and uninspired.

A good editor could have cut down the length by at least -100 pages and given the narrative a faster and more passionate tempo.
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- MDC

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2014
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio